Bogut or Villanueva?

The voting for Rookie of the Year was quite easy this season. Chris Paul was clearly the most productive rookie.  Who was second best?  Both the coaches voting for the All-Rookie team and the media’s selection for Rookie of the Year placed Charlie Villanueva second.  The number one choice in …

NBA Rookie of the Year

Chris Paul was named Rookie of the Year this week.  The statistics confirm the analysis of the voters; Paul is easily the most productive rookie.  Paul produced 18 wins in his first season. To put this in perspective, consider that the combined Wins Produced of the five rookies trailing Paul …

The Great Morphing Athlete

Like a lot of us, I like to spend my free time (when the family let’s me!) watching sports. After baseball, I probably like to watch golf the most. While some find the sport a little slow and perhaps a little pretentious, I find it a sport which requires guile …

Jason Kidd or Steve Nash?

Also posted at The Sports Economist. For the second consecutive season point guard Steve Nash has won the NBA’s MVP award.  With two MVP awards can anyone question that Nash is the greatest point guard in the NBA today?  Well The Daily Dime at ESPN.com has reached a different conclusion.  …

Another Comment on John Kenneth Galbraith

Brad DeLong is once again trumpeting the career of John Kenneth Galbraith.  Yesterday he posted a link to a Washington Post article (Friends Who Fit Together Smartly: Galbraith and Schlesinger, Like-Minded Neighbors) examining the connection between Galbraith and Arthur Schlesinger.  The article also provides further details on Galbraith’s life and …

JC Bradbury and Steroids in Baseball

JC Bradbury, currently an economist at the University of the South, but soon to be sports economist at Kennesaw State University, has a wonderful site called Sabernomics.  Today he posted a great essay detailing why home runs have increased in baseball.  Bradbury dismisses the issue of steroids and instead builds …

Re-Posting from The Sports Economist

A couple of weeks ago I joined The Sports Economist, a blog led by the one and only Skip Sauer. I have posted a few comments at this site examining the ability of payroll to explain wins in Major League Baseball, the possibility that we would be responsible for future …

Predicting the Fall in the Spring

This was originally posted at The Sports Economist on April 19.  Like all sports fans, I want to know the future. I don’t want to wait around until October to see who will win the World Series. I want to know right now. Well, what do we know right now? We …

Will We be Blamed for Future Strikes?

This was orignally posted at The Sports Economist on April 29.   The NHL lock-out of 2004-05 was the seventh labor dispute in the past 25 years to cost North American fans access to the games they love. And this incident was the biggest, leading to the cancellation of an entire …

Losing to Win in the NBA in 2006

This was originally posted at The Sports Economist on May 2nd.   One of the best recent articles written in the field of sports economics was “Losing to Win: Tournament Incentives in the National Basketball Association.” by Beck Taylor and Justin Trogdon. This paper, which appeared in The Journal of Labor Economics …